Aucott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Aucott is a name that dates far back into the mists of early British history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It is derived from the pet form of the name Allicock. Alternatively, the name could have derived from the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of Allen.' [1]

Early Origins of the Aucott family

The surname Aucott was first found in Derbyshire and Cambridgeshire where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Alcok de Stonys and John Alcoc, respectively.

The Yorkshire Polls Tax Rolls of 1379 had listings with a variety of early spellings: Johannes Alcokson; Alcocus de Stublay; and Willelmus Alcok. [1]

Over in Norfolk, Henry Alycock was Rector of Colney in 1481 and the same source notes "in 1493, Thomas Alicok gave 10 marks to buy a cope." [2]

Scotland has some early records of the name too as William Alkok was listed as a witness in Aberdeen in 1281. [3]

Early History of the Aucott family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aucott research. Another 56 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1449, 1399, 1486, 1430, 1500, 1461, 1472, 1473, 1500 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Aucott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Aucott Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Aucott are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Aucott include: Alcoc, Alecock, Alecocke, Allcock, Allcoke, Allcok, Allcoe and many more.

Early Notables of the Aucott family (pre 1700)

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Aucott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Aucott family to Ireland

Some of the Aucott family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Aucott migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Aucott or a variant listed above:

Aucott Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mary Emily Aucott, aged 36, originally from London, England, who arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Arabic" from Liverpool, England [4]
  • Ernest Frank Aucott, aged 36, originally from Hong Kong, China, who arrived in New York in 1918 aboard the ship "Orduna" from Liverpool, England [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Aucott (post 1700) +

  • Ross Aucott, English cricketer for the Shropshire County Cricket Club (2016-)


The Aucott Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vigilate
Motto Translation: Watch


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX56-PNR : 6 December 2014), Mary Emily Aucott, 10 Oct 1908; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Arabic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ8G-BP8 : 6 December 2014), Ernest Frank Aucott, 11 Jun 1918; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Orduna, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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